Our A Level Offer
AS and A Levels are the traditional qualifications offered by schools and colleges for 16-19 year olds. They are highly valued by universities and employers and focus on academic subjects.
Our A Level model asks students to pick three A Level subjects from a choice of subjects. In addition to these main subjects, students are asked to nominate their Enrichment courses, which lead to additional qualifications such as AS Levels in Photography or Politics or the Cambridge Pre-U in Global Perspectives. All students are also given a course in university research and study skills which many of them then use to complete an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). This is another highly regarded qualification – universities often lower their offers to students presenting a high-quality EPQ.
The subjects a student chooses for A Level can help shape her future, so subject choices are important. We offer a wide range of choices at A Level, helping each girl to build the mix and programme that is right for them. All are taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers who challenge the girls and help them become skilled in critical analysis and independent study. Students do not necessarily have to choose between Maths/Sciences or English/Humanities, but can create the right mix to suit her interests. However, if you are already focused on a particular career, this is your chance to start to specialise.
What matters most is choosing subjects you will really enjoy. A Level courses involve much more in-depth study than GCSE, and to do well you will need to do extra reading and become absorbed in your subjects. We can work with students and parents to help you work out which subjects you have a 'feel' or passion for – but you know your interests and your strengths better than anyone, and your A level choices have to be your own.
A Levels are mostly assessed by written exams, although there is coursework in some subjects. In subjects like Science, Design Technology, and Art, practical skills are also assessed.
A Level results, or their equivalent, are the gateway to most university courses. If you apply to university in Year 13, you will usually be given a 'conditional offer'. This is an offer of a place as long as you achieve certain grades – often based on a three-grade system - A*AA, AAA, AAB, ABB and so on. In some rare instances, an unconditional offer may also be made for very able students with the potential for top grades.
We have an impressive history of A Level results and are proud to know that we have played a part in the wide-ranging achievements of our girls. For example, around 80% of our A Level students enter their first choice university each year.